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Widowed mom Cate Hennessy raises three teens in this sitcom, which shifted focus in 2003 following the sudden death of its star, John Ritter, just before the start of its second season.

Excluding the baseball playoffs, the actor's final TV appearance on the ABC comedy "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" was the most-watched program on television Tuesday night, according to early ratings released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research.

The first three episodes of the show's second season had been completed when Ritter reportedly suffered an undiagnosed aortic dissection.

After Ritter had experienced discomfort during his rehearsal of the show that afternoon, crew members took him to a nearby Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, where he suddenly died that night following a misdiagnosis of a heart attack.

James Garner and David Spade joined the cast afterward.

ABC canceled the series on May 17, 2005 after three seasons due to low ratings.

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